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Meet the All-Female Lineup of Directors from Jessica Jones Season Two

Behind-the-scenes image of Netflix and Marvel's Jessica Jones (Credit: Netflix)

Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg knew that she wanted to hire more female directors for the 13-episode second season, but she didn’t ever think about hiring only women. However, when she spoke to Allie Goss, Netflix’s vice president for original series, Goss asked, “Why not all 13?”

Rosenberg eagerly jumped on the idea. And here’s the most important part of her initiative: it was really easy for her to find those 13 qualified women.

“It didn’t take a lot of effort to fill those slots,” Rosenberg says. “There’s a lot of highly qualified and talented female directors out there, so what we did was simply open the door. It wasn’t like we had to give a bunch of women their first break. It was just being inclusive.”

To emphasize this, the Jessica Jones Twitter account has been tweeting about the women directors and their accomplishments. For example, Millicent Shelton directed Episode 5, “AKA The Octopus.” She was previously nominated for a primetime Emmy for her work on the 30 Rock episode “Apollo, Apollo” and has directed episodes of Black-ish, Supergirl, and Runaways.

Deborah Chow, who directed Episode 4, “AKA God Help the Hobo,” has previously directed episodes of Reign, Fear the Walking Dead, and The Vampire Diaries.

Jennifer Lynch, who directed Episode 11, “AKA Three Lives and Counting,” was the first woman to win Best Director at the New York City Horror Film Festival.

Liz Friedlander, who directed Episode 12, “AKA Pray for My Patsy,” has previously directed music videos for artists like U2, R.E.M., Kelly Clarkson, and Avril Lavigne and episodes of shows like Sleepy HollowGossip Girl, and The Vampire Diaries.

The show even commissioned custom, pulp-style artwork from female comics artists for each episode. “It wasn’t like I was doing them any favors,” Rosenberg said of her directors. “They were doing us a favor by joining our roster. And, you know, we’re looking forward to the day when we’re not even having this conversation, we’re just talking about them as qualified people who happen to be women. Hopefully, we’re there someday, but now? Not yet.”

Jessica Jones is now streaming on Netflix.

(Via EW; image: Netflix)

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